Covid-19 vaccine

    • Commission approves contract with Novavax for a potential Covid-19 vaccine

      Commission approves contract with Novavax for a potential Covid-19 vaccine

      The European Commission approved on Wednesday its seventh Advanced Purchase Agreement (APA) with a pharmaceutical company to ensure access to a potential vaccine against Covid-19 in Q4 of 2021 and in 2022, EC Press service reported. The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen stressed that the new contract would further strengthens the EU broad vaccine portfolio.

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    • Sanofi buys US Translate Bio for $3.2bn

      Sanofi buys US Translate Bio for $3.2bn

      The French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi announced it had agreed to acquire the US biotech company Translate Bio in a deal valued at 3.2 billion dollars. The move is part of Sanofi's strategy to move to the next generation mRNA technology after it suffered a bitter loss in the race for invention of Covid-19 vaccine, Reuters reported. Sanofi confirmed that under the deal it would acquire all outstanding shares of Translate Bio.

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    • Israel starts offering 3rd Covid shot to older citizens

      Israel starts offering 3rd Covid shot to older citizens

      Israel’s PM Naftali Bennett on Thursday announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated, news wires reported. The decision makes Israel, which launched one of the world’s most successful vaccination drives earlier this year, the first country to offer a third dose of a Western vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale. The move comes at a time of rising infections and signs that the vaccine’s efficacy dwindles over time.

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    • Interactive map shows Covid-19 vaccine production capacities in the EU

      Interactive map shows Covid-19 vaccine production capacities in the EU

      The European Commission published an interactive map showcasing Covid-19 vaccine production capacities in the EU, along the entire supply chain. The mapping tool is based on data gained through the work of the Task Force for Industrial Scale-up of Covid-19 vaccine production, on data collected during the matchmaking event organised by the Commission in March, as well as publicly available information and information shared by Member States.

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    • Team Europe to share more than 200m doses of Covid vaccines with other countries

      Team Europe to share more than 200m doses of Covid vaccines with other countries

      The EU pledges on Thursday to increase the already promised Covid vaccine's doses which it will share with other countries under the Team Europe initiative, aimed to help the world fighting pandemic. At the Global Health Summit in Rome, on 21 May 2021, EC President von der Leyen announced that Team Europe would share with low and middle-income countries at least 100m doses by the end of 2021, mainly via COVAX.vTeam Europe (the EU, its institutions and all 27 Member States) is on track to exceed this initial goal, with 200m doses of Covid-19 vaccines foreseen to be shared with the countries that need them most, by the end of 2021, EC Press service reported.

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    • Pfizer to seek US authorisation for a booster Covid-19 shot

      Pfizer to seek US authorisation for a booster Covid-19 shot

      Pfizer plans to ask US regulators to authorize a booster dose of its Covid-19 vaccine within the next month, the drugmaker’s top scientist said on Thursday, based on evidence of greater risk of reinfection six months after inoculation and the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, Reuters reported. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, however, in a joint statement that Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster Covid-19 shot at this time. Some scientists have also questioned the need for booster shots.

       

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    • No herd immunity without vaccinating children, German experts say

      No herd immunity without vaccinating children, German experts say

      Herd immunity will likely be impossible to achieve for Covid-19 without vaccinating children and adolescents, experts from the German Society for Immunology (DgfI) said. "Typically it is assumed there will be a herd immunity when 60 to 70% of the population is protected against the pathogen. But that presupposes that the pathogen cannot multiply in those individuals," DGfI Vice President Reinhold Foerster told the Funke Media Group newspapers in comments published on Tuesday and cited by dpa.

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    • Italy cracks on fake EU digital Covid-19 certificates

      Italy cracks on fake EU digital Covid-19 certificates

      Italian police announced it had broken up a large number of online schemes set to offer for sale fake EU digital Covid-19 status certificates or falsely administered coronavirus vaccines. The investigation was supervised by the cybercrime prosecutor’s office in Milan and showed that thousands of people were ready to pay for false certificates, Reuters reported. The EU on Thursday launched a digital Covid-19 certificate designed to help citizens travel across Europe bloc and restart the summer tourism.

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    • Argentina amends laws to allow Covid-19 jabs donations

      Argentina amends laws to allow Covid-19 jabs donations

      The pandemic torn Argentina pushed changes in laws that would allow the country to receive and administer donated vaccines from US, Reuters reported. The country is badly hit by a surge of pandemic but some legal roes made it impossible to give the free jabs to the population. A special government decree will now waive soften legal clauses around negligence, remove a reference to "fraudulent maneuvers" and create a fund to compensate people potentially harmed by a vaccine.

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